The Eastern Sierra Nevada straddling the California-Nevada border is a photographic wonderland. This is not a secret and artists of all sorts are abundant, whether full time residents or passers through. One of the coolest photography galleries I’ve ever witnessed, the Mountain Light Gallery, is in Bishop, California and if you are trucking up or down ol U.S. 395 I recommened you stop to see some of the most awe inspiring outdoor photography you would ever hope to see. The gallery houses the life work of Galen Rowell, outdoor pohtographer, philosopher, lover of life extraordinaire who passed away in 2002. His work as well as his words are an inspiration to me and he has taught me how to express my experience. “Simply defined, a visionary image communicates the intentionality of the artist’s experience,” he writes in The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography. This shot of Mt. Whitney in the background through the near landscape of the Alabama Hills.
I got both these shots while camped near Lone Pine California in early June. This shot of Mount Langey beneath the full moon was taken just after dawn. Recently I was watching “HIgh Sierra”, a rollicking Humphery Bogart crime caper from the 40’s and the big shoot out at the end occurs after Bogie races up Whitney Portal Road to its dead end. In the closing credits the background is a shot exactly like this one sans the moon and color. I thought that was so cool. I took the first photo from a spot off of “Movie Road”, a place where many movie scenes have been filmed over the years.